Premier League round-up: Wins for Spurs and Newcastle

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Eriksen broke the deadlock in the second half before scoring direct from a free kick which appeared to just evade Harry Kane's head, preventing the Tottenham striker from claiming a 36th goal of the season and moving four behind league leading scorer Mohamed Salah.

Harry Kane claimed he did score Tottenham's victor at Stoke to break a personal goals record, even though Christian Eriksen has been credited with it.

The draw, though, allowed Spurs to move alongside them with a sixth straight league win as they defeated Stoke, whose relegation fears in 19th place were only heightened.

"For us it would be a massive achievement to finish top four for a third time".

After a goalless first period, Eriksen gave Spurs the lead in the 52nd minute before Mame Biram Diouf capitalised on a mistake by Hugh Lloris to draw the home side level.

Indeed, Xherdan Shaqiri led a late fightback from the home side, hitting the bar with a freekick, but Stoke still remain rooted one from bottom.

The one clear-cut opportunity that Spurs managed to create before the break came through Alli, who juggled the ball skilfully before releasing Son Heung-min, whose one-one-one was blocked by Jack Butland.

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That was the best chance of a first half in which Harry Kane, who had eight goals in his previous four matches against Stoke and was back in Spurs's starting lineup after an ankle injury, was starved of service.

Yet the majority of the bet365 Stadium was silenced seven minutes into the second half when Eriksen continued his fine form in front of goal.

Tottenham manager Pochettino said on Friday that he expected a harder game this weekend and he said that's exactly what they got against a Stoke team which is now four points adrift of safety.

It remains to be seen how much Tottenham may ask for Alderweireld and whether they will be prepared to sell to domestic rivals in the shape of Manchester United. "If they played like that at the beginning of season we would not be in position we are in".

"This is the most competitive league in the world and there are a lot of great teams but we've reduced the gap to them", said Spurs captain Hugo Lloris.

Premier League on Twitter: After review, the Premier League Match Centre has awarded Spurs' second goal to Christian Eriksen.

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